BP Looks for Help, Turns to ... Kevin Costner? Actor's company has an oil-sucking machine By John Johnson, Newser Staff Posted May 19, 2010 3:32 PM CDT 26 comments Comments Kevin Costner waves in this 2009 file photo. (AP Photo/Joerg Sarbach) (Newser) – It's Kevin Costner to the rescue in the Gulf: BP has agreed to test a contraption funded by the actor to suck oil out of the water. "It's like a big vaccum cleaner," said Costner's business partner in Ocean Therapy Solutions. Costner got interested in the subject around the time of the Exxon Valdez disaster, reports the Daily News. "It's prepared to go out and solve problems," he said of the machine, "not talk about them." The man did star in Waterworld, after all.